Swiss industrial chocolate group Barry Callebaut is investing CHF45m (US$47.6m) to increase capacity at its production facility in Mexico.

The move will see capacity at the site increase to 65,000 tonnes, creating more than 140 jobs in Toluca, to the south-west of Mexico City.

Barry Callebaut acquired the site from Chocolates Turin in 2011 as part of an outsourcing deal in the region as it looked to strengthen its presence in South America. In January 2012, the group first announced plans to extend production at the facility after securing an outsourcing agreement with Grupo Bimo. 

Dave Johnson, president of Barry Callebaut’s business in the Americas, said the move would allow Barry Callebaut to further expand its presence in Mexico. “Moving closer to our customers puts us in an even better position to continue opening up the Mexican confectionery market. This attractive market is expected to grow significantly over the next years,” he said.

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